While the R/T trim has skipped the 2011 Avenger line-up (customers had the possibility to choose from Express, Mainstreet, Heat, and LUX versions), the famous version will be back for 2012. The new Avenger R/T will make its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show in just two days.

"The Avenger R/T makes driving a mid-size car a really fun, engaging experience," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLC. "The Avenger R/T offers performance design cues both inside and out, as well as unique handling characteristics and a sport-tuned suspension. It’s a vehicle that is ready to earn its stripes as part of the Dodge performance family of vehicles."

While the engine will remain untouched - a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 -, the R/T version will get an updated suspension and an improved exterior and interior that will give the impression of a much sportier vehicle.

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The new R/T model will be distinguished by the rest of the Avenger vehicles by a sportier look that includes a unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge, menacing black headlamp background, the "war paint" R/T decal on the front quarter panel, a rear spoiler, the R/T badge, and a new set of 18" aluminum wheels.

The interior will continue the same design language as the exterior. The front seats will get "R/T" graphics stitched in red on the front headrests, distinctive Aunde fabric with Z stripe fabric inserts, red stitching, and aggressive leather-trimmed bolsters. The steering wheel will also be wrapped in perforated leather with red accent stitching. The cockpit will be very distinctive compared to other Avenger models: it features a unique gauge cluster with a center-mounted tachometer with the "R/T" graphic and SRT-inspired brake and accelerator pedal pads.


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Under the hood, Dodge has kept the usual 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 283 HP and, when mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle, gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

This, however, doesn’t mean that the R/T will be similar to the other Avenger models. Dodge has tuned the suspension in order to increased roll stiffness by 18% and spring rates by 17% in the front and more than 12% in the rear. Front strut damping rates are increased by 15%, rear strut damping rates are increased almost 20%, and the rear stabilizer bar diameter is 2 mm larger, increased from 19 mm to 21 mm.


Dodge hasn’t said a word about the car’s prices just yet, but we should have more details closer to its official market launch.


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The fact that Dodge will reveal the 2012 Avenger R/T at the New York Auto Show is not random. One of the car’s competitors - the new generation Chevrolet Malibu - will also be making its world debut around the same time, but on another continent at the Shanghai Auto Show. And while Chevrolet has yet to offer full details on the car, the Avenger should have plenty of reasons to fear as the new Malibu seems to be better than ever. It features a far improved design and will be offered with a wide range of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines.

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  (474) posted on 01.6.2012

Looking great on a silver color that it had but I must agree that the engine that they use is some kind of disappointment for it. The exterior seems so perfect at all.

  (858) posted on 12.21.2011

Although I have to admit that this car has an amazing design, I still feel bad since they have forgotten to make a powerful engine for this one.

  (427) posted on 12.7.2011

V6 engine which only has an output of 283 horsepower is definitely not good for this Avenger. Well, I think I would still prefer to have a Chevrolet Malibu even though it looks more attractive than with Chevrolet.

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

For a muscled vehicle like this, I don’t think that its V6 engine that can deliver an output of 283 horsepower is already good enough on it. I’m sure it will only have a weak speed performance.

  (830) posted on 11.17.2011

This R/T is not a muscled car right? Anyway, I love the simple looks of this one, and it is really looking so fabulous on a silver body paint. However, I hope that it could also offer a very comfortable interior.

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

It maybe looks so simple, but I must say that it looks great and classy on its silver body paint, and I love the exclusivity of it. I just only think that they should have boosted more the engine of this vehicle.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

Dodge Avenger R/T is one of the most impressive muscled cars that I saw today. smiley Well, this one is really looking very striking on its silver body paint, and I’m glad that it had an improved suspension.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

This Dodge Avenger is already looking great on its boyish and metallic body paint, and I must say that I’m too disappointed on its poor engine specs.

  (619) posted on 10.18.2011

V6 engine that can only deliver 283 horsepower is I don’t think would give a better performance on this one but anyway, I’m impressed on its silver body paint. It is already striking on that.

  (474) posted on 10.2.2011

Heavy and strong gesture. Agree on its famous version, now it became more objective, fun and impressive not just on its specification nor characteristic but its simple and plain unique ambiance. This one is much interesting.

  (570) posted on 09.9.2011

Looking great on a silver color that it had but I must agree that the engine that they use is some kind of disappointment for it. The exterior seems so perfect at all.

  (776) posted on 05.30.2011

I would say that this car is rather good overall. However, one thing that really struck me is that Dodge didn’t provide this one with a more powerful engine, which is quite disappointing.

  (530) posted on 05.17.2011

Well, I think the sliver color fits in this car and the performance is just enough for a muscle car. However, do this car have an aftermarket version?

  (474) posted on 05.17.2011

Well, I think its understandable if this car couldn’t give an awesome performance. Well, its because its a muscle car plus they have used an outdated engine for this car. I hope that they have used a more modern technology or used a supercharged engine for this one.

  (683) posted on 05.13.2011

The inspiring model of Dodge Avenger R/T a new set of 18" aluminum wheels. That is appealing to the eye attention with the stunning interior design concept.

  (462) posted on 05.12.2011

The performance of Dodge Avenger engaged experience for the president itself. The car represents the value of professionalism.

  (596) posted on 05.10.2011

Yes! Its pretty simple looks that i should say great in silvery color, That represents this car better Dodge Avenger made.

  (702) posted on 05.4.2011

Its probably be an inexpensive cost of price for this type of car, basically the looks seems targeted a less consumer because of its ordinary and very simple exterior design.

  (379) posted on 05.3.2011

Well, Its kinda good looking in silvery color exterior design, Yet it looks so decent without no thrill and seems so simple model type.

  (676) posted on 04.26.2011

Avenger is great in silver though I don’t think that the power is impressive. I known little about sedan cars. BTW, competing with the Malibu is just fair.

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